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Real Madrid-backed Super League plans to launch in September 2025, 20 clubs open to joining

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Despite the widespread backlash, the European Super League, backed by Real Madrid and Barcelona, continues to fight on, with the CJEU ruling last month against UEFA and FIFA coming as a boost.

Now, plans for the competition with a revamped format are already in the works and it appears that there is a possible start date decided for the Super League as well.

Indeed, the Super League has intensified talks with European clubs at the start of the year and the plan is for the competition to begin in September 2025, reports AS.

The Super League further claims to have already “twenty teams very motivated and another thirty almost convinced; we could start tomorrow,” according to secretary general Anas Laghrari’s statements to ‘Ouest France’.

Internal sources close to the project state that “the objective is to start the new competition in September 2025, and to do so with the best teams in Europe and also with English clubs.”

The sources further told AS that there are teams that are publicly opposing the Super League, but are privately keen on joining.

“There are clubs that have privately signed up to the project and have publicly opposed it,” they say.

Countering UEFA’s argument that the Super League will be an elitist competition, the new competition insists that ‘the project has been modified and is open, fair and participatory’.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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